Of cui­sine, can­dle­light and cot­tages

Canada’s first lady of food re­boots her list with 50 cheap and 50 ex­pen­sive restau­rants

North Toronto Post - - News - By Ron John­son

Five years ago we put our res­i­dent critic Joanne Kates to the ul­ti­mate test with our list of the 100 best restau­rants in the city.

Com­pos­ing such a list would be a daunt­ing task for any other critic, but Kates has decades of ex­pe­ri­ence un­der her belt. There is noth­ing she hasn’t seen, or eaten. With her trade­mark un­der­cover hat on over­drive, she has plowed her way through the best of the best to bring us a dis­cern­ing list year af­ter year.

Toronto’s dining scene has evolved dra­mat­i­cally since we be­gan the Kates 100. Now, down-mar­ket bistros are serv­ing up in­cred­i­ble fare that ri­vals the best fine dining restau­rants. It’s an on­go­ing bat­tle of ca­sual ver­sus classy. So we made the move to split the list into two: one list for the best “spend a lot” and one for the best “spend a lit­tle.” The names and prices might sur­prise you. Please, let us know what you think of this new for­mat. Also this month, John Sewell pens a col­umn on the dis­ap­point­ment that ea­ger Toronto fam­i­lies are feel­ing in the city af­ter their at­tempts to help refugees from Syria have not gone ac­cord­ing to plan. Karen St­intz writes about the ver­ti­cal school trend, and, with cot­tage sea­son right around the cor­ner, we check out the lat­est mul­ti­mil­lion-dol­lar of­fer­ings on the two big Muskoka lakes — Rosseau and Joseph — to find out whose glam cot­tage scene reigns supreme.

Jeanne Beker kicks off our life sec­tion by putting to­gether four amaz­ing new looks for mom. Monika Sch­narre checks out a new can­dlelit ex­er­cise class, and we chat with newly minted Toronto Maple Leafs player Brooks Laich and his fi­ancée, ac­tress Ju­lianne Hough, in our How They Met col­umn.

In arts, with the in­cred­i­ble suc­cess of Toronto R& B phe­nom the Weeknd, we check out five up-and-com­ing artists that are look­ing to fol­low in his foot­steps. In ad­di­tion, ac­claimed stage and screen sen­sa­tion Cyn­thia Dale tells us about five books that made a dif­fer­ence in her life. And Ja­son McNeil chats with hot new band Mid­night Shine from At­tawapiskat in town for Cana­dian Mu­sic Week this month.

Ron John­son

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